News Bites: ICOB in 'Forbes,' Fondue and Mezcal

By Scott Kearnan  |  January 7, 2014

Island Creek Oyster Bar. We know how to pick 'em. In 2012 we chose Island Creek Oyster Bar partner Shore Gregory (pictured), then president of its antecedent Island Creek Oyster Farm, as one of our Boston 30 Under 30. And last month we held our 2013 honors at ICOB, which was the second-highest rated restaurant in the city by Zagat surveyors.  Well, Forbes magazine has just released its "30 Under 30" list of young national innovators, representing 15 different fields of work. (So it's actually 450 under 30.) The magazine picked Gregory to represent Boston in the "Food & Wine" category; you can check out the full list of winners here

Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro. It's freezing: care to warm up with rib-sticking cheesy goodness? This Sunday, Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro kicks of "Fondue Sundays," running weekly from 5:30-10 PM until Spring. For $26 per pot, 30 Under 30 honoree chef Josh Lewin will serve up a hearty pot (large enough to serve as a main course) of French cheeses like Domaine Giachino Abymes, Emmentaler and Gruyére Vieux. Plunge in your crusty bread and creative accompaniments like pickled ramps or small potatoes boiled in sea-salted water. 

Saloon. Even if you're a tequila expert, there's a good chance you still have much to learn about its smoky cousin mezcal. Here's your chance: on Tuesday, January 14 at 6:30 PM, Somerville's Saloon will host a four-course tasting dinner. The hand-picked spirits will be paired with a Mexican-inspired meal: expect arroz con langosta (rice and lobster) served with the subtle vanilla and berry of Espadin mezcal, and steamed carnitas empanadas paired with a deep and earthy Tobala mezcal. Get tickets ($55) here.